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NFL: Roberts noted for hard hit in Super Bowl

Elandon Roberts has won two of his three Super Bowls, and the 2012 Memorial graduate has made an important play in both victories.

PatriotsWire, a USA Today website covering the New England Patriots, noted linebacker Roberts’ big hit on left guard Rodger Saffold of the Los Angeles Rams. A 9-second video on Twitter shows Roberts knocking Saffold off his balance and clogging up a lane to limit running back Todd Gurley to a short gain.

It was Roberts’ only tackle in the Patriots’ 13-3 win, but the article featured the Patriots’ “violent brand of football” in the Feb. 3 Super Bowl in Atlanta.

Roberts made a game-saving tackle at the end of Devonta Freeman’s 39-yard run in Super Bowl 51 against the Atlanta Falcons in Houston. The Falcons were forced to punt on the drive, and the Patriots tied the game at 28-28 on their next possession to send the game to overtime and win 34-28.

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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